By King George

AS the winter sports season winds up there is usually an increase in the numbers of boaters and land based anglers out and about trying to catch a fish.

Inverloch: The calm but often cold conditions have seen plenty of land based anglers and boaters trying their luck off the jetties as well as the local beaches.
Mahers Landing has also been a popular area and it seems that Anderson Inlet has great numbers of salmon from one end to the other.
Jack Habulin and Mick Hill are local fishing legends and say they have been catching quality salmon and although they would rather whiting, salmon are not a bad substitute especially for their fighting qualities.
King George came across Mick as he was cleaning an impressive bag of the torpedo fish and in the process had given quite a few away to other fishers and lucky visitors who happened to be in the right place at the right time.
Mick is a great believer that salmon must be eaten fresh and should not be any more than the 600gm mark as any bigger they develop a bland uninviting taste.
Pensioners Corner still has many land-based anglers trying their luck and King George spoke to quite a few last Sunday but most were still waiting for the salmon to arrive.
Chris Ruigrok has just moved from Cockatoo to Inverloch and has decided to open up an electrical business and any spare time is taken up fishing.
To him, this is a new version of the sport and although he had only just wet a line he managed to bag a 37cm whiting on a squid bait and naturally was happy.
The jetty at Inverloch has seen plenty of land-based fishers trying their luck and some with drop nets looking for whatever might come along.
There were a few crabs being caught but apart from that there was not a great deal to get excited about.

Tarwin River: As has been the case for some time, there have been good reports of perch, bream and silvers being caught on a variety of baits such as Bass yabbies, clickers and sand worms.
The fish have been caught from the rock wall to well above the highway bridge.
The fishing platforms are proving to be very popular, especially when the conditions are not too cold with best results being on the run out tide.

Shallow Inlet: Information from Karen Starrett who runs the caravan park with Rob, is that salmon continue to make up very impressive bags.
The fish have been to the 4kg mark and taking just about any type of lures thrown into the water.
One lucky regular visitor to the area hooked into and landed a very impressive snapper that dragged the scales down to 7kg. Fish this size automatically means bragging rights.
There have been other reports of whiting being caught but although not in great numbers they are around the 35cm mark, which makes the effort well worthwhile.

Port Welshpool: Information from the boat storage is that most boaters have decided to stay at home due to the cold, unfriendly conditions as well as local football and netball finals.
There has however been a few reports of pinkies in pleasing numbers and it stands to reason there could or should be some bigger snapper mixed in with them as has been the case at Shallow Inlet.

Port Albert: At the time of this report there had been good numbers of whiting being bagged inside the entrance.
They have not been trophy fish but apparently plenty of them and in very good condition.
They have been taking a variety of baits such as Bass yabbies, pipis, squid and mussels.
The jetties have been fairly quiet no doubt due to the cold conditions but when Mother Nature has allowed there has been a good sprinkling of silvers, mullet, flathead and whiting putting a smile on the face of locals and visiting anglers.

Omeo High Country: The trout season opens this Saturday. So try the Anglers Area, Cobungra, Gibbo, Mitta Mitta and Bundara Rivers.
Use bronze wobblers, red flat tail and scrubby worms on a floating line.

A tip from King George to beginners: The new boater should always remember to exercise extreme caution when crossing a bar as conditions can change quickly and without warning.
Always remember that no amount of experience or boat type makes crossing a bar safe.

Keep the fishing info coming to King George on snafu1@dcsi.net.au or 5672 3474. Good Luck and Tightlines.